A set of back-to-back home games begins Saturday, Oct. 27, for Morningside College.

A set of back-to-back home games begins Saturday, Oct. 27, for Morningside College.

Game details – Kickoff is 1 p.m. between the visiting Concordia University of Nebraska Bulldogs (3-4 overall, 2-4 Great Plains Athletic Conference) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Mustangs (8-0, 6-0) is 1 p.m. at Elwood Olsen Stadium … Fans, friends and alumni can follow live statistics, audio and video via links at https://www.morningside.edu/athletics/… MC has won 14 of the previous 15 meetings against Concordia including a 35-0 victory a year ago in Seward, Neb.

Poll Points – Morningside College, fresh off a 42-34 victory over Great Plains Athletic Conference rival Northwestern College, found itself at the top of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ poll for a fourth straight week Monday, Oct. 22.

The Mustangs earned 366 poll points and 15 of 16 first-place votes to top Marian College of Indiana who remained ranked second with 352 points and one first-place marker. Head coach Steve Ryan’s program has been within the NAIA top 25 in each of the last 146 polls and earned its 24th number one listing, good for fourth all-time. The complete poll is available at http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=211777066.

AP All Day – Sophomore running back Arnijae “AP” Ponder (Omaha, Neb.)was named the GPAC’s Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 22 for Oct. 15-21. Ponder played a critical role in aiding the top-ranked Mustangs’ 42-34 win over No. 3-ranked Northwestern College Oct. 20. He turned in a single-game career personal best 134 yards rushing and a touchdown, and AP also picked up 30 yards and a fourth down conversion over the final 4:50 to help run out the clock. … MC has had at least one league weekly honoree in six of the eight selections of 2018.

Mustang Marks –Senior quarterback Trent Solsma (Dakota Dunes, S.D.)remains at the front of the NAIA class statistically in total offense and passing yards per game among many top-flight rankings. His 390.9 total offense contribution leads the nation by better than 30 yards per contest, while his 394.1 yards passing per outing is nearly 60 yards ahead of the next individual. Classmate Connor Niles (Sioux City, Iowa), Solsma’s top wide receiving target, leads the way in receiving yards (1559) and receiving yards per game (194.9) as well as all-purpose yards (1769) and all-purpose yards per game (221.1). Niles can make national history Saturday, as he is two touchdown receptions shy of surpassing career leader Alvin Ashley of Southwest Minnesota State who hauled in 59 from 1990-93. He can also claim the school’s single-season mark with three. A third senior, placekicker Jared Amundson (Sioux City, Iowa), is tied for first in the country in kicker scoring (74 points). Amundson has converted on 85 straight extra point attempts to help forge his standing … MC harbors a 26-game regular season win string and has been victorious in 30 straight conference games.

Senior Day 2018: The Maroon and White conclude their regular season home slate Saturday, Nov. 3. Dordt College is their opposition for a 1 p.m. start.